Sef Churchill

Fantasy author

Month

April 2017

H – Happy endings

Reading Time: 3 minutesI love happy endings. I don’t mind hopeful endings, but I really want a happy ending. I want love found, treasure won, bad guys totally defeated, maybe just a hint of a problem to come back in Book Two. But… Continue Reading →

G – Goals and how dreary they can be – and how to fix that

Reading Time: 2 minutesGoals. We are all supposed to have them. We are supposed to be driven by them, inspired by them to peak productivity and massive achievement. But oh boy, working purely to goals can be dull. Goals are like work. Proper… Continue Reading →

F – Forging new ideas

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhenever you write, you are generating fresh ideas – or you should be. But how can you come up with new ideas consistently? Everyone agrees, the Muse is dead or never existed, and we all need to earn a living…. Continue Reading →

E – Experience and how to get it

Reading Time: 3 minutesI always admired Harry Harrison – for his pulp SF, which I loved as a teenager – and his author bio. His bio revealed that before he became a writer,  he had a ton of non-writing jobs. ‘Truck driver’ was… Continue Reading →

D- Description and how to be better at it

Reading Time: 3 minutesAh, description. Beloved of Victorian novelists and fantasy writers everywhere. How I loathe it. What? But why? Because mostly it doesn’t do anything, just sits there looking pretty and forming no useful purpose. It’s wordplay, which for its own sake… Continue Reading →

C – the Character quiz, its uses and pitfalls

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere are a lot of questionnaires out there for you to fill in whilst building up your characters. ‘100 questions to create an amazing character’ is the usual tagline. Typically a quiz will have several sections for you to complete,… Continue Reading →

B – Books, how long should they be? A wordcount guide

Reading Time: 3 minutesI write novels. Or do I? My first novels were 50,000 words long – because that was the word length given as the minimum to win Nanowrimo. But how long should a novel be, really? How about a short story?… Continue Reading →

A – Antagonists and how to make them

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis post is part of the April blogging AZChallenge.  Today it’s A. I struggle with antagonists.  Almost all of my early stories have no antagonist at all. Or rather, none that is embodied in a handy walking, talking bad guy on… Continue Reading →

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